Later on this evening we’re having a big birthday celebration Chez Bumblebee. It’s my husband’s mmmmm birthday celebration and I want to do it up right. His favorite meal. Favorite wine. Favorite cake. Candles. Flowers. Oh, and those flowers? We have some mums!

This year I have seen some stunning arrangements of mums. So I decided to pull together a mum-featured arrangement for the birthday boy using plants that I could later plant out into the garden. It just so happens that the Lowe’s Creative Ideas  people offered us a mum challenge this month too—with a $50 Lowe’s gift card giveaway. (That’s right. Pay attention, people, because there could be something in all this for you.)


I went to Lowe’s searching for a nice combination of plants that would work both in the arrangement for the table and that I could also reuse in the garden. Here’s what went into this arrangement and the costs:

Two Purple Mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) — $13.96

Two Lacey Blue Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Lisslitt’) — $15.96

One Big Twister Rush (Juncus effusus ‘Big Twister’) — $6.98

Three Dianthus — $8.94

Container — Mine

SUBTOTAL — $45.84

Lowe’s 10% Military Discount — $4.58

TOTAL — $41.26

Besides a very nice table arrangement that we can enjoy at the party and for the next few days, I also have several plants that will work right into my garden. Win-win!

Now you can win too. As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas program, I can give away a $50 Lowe’s gift certificate to one reader. So, leave a comment on this post by Wednesday, October 17, and you might be the one. You can make your own mum arrangement or pick up supplies for your own next DIY project.

Happy birthday, Harry! I love you.

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